10 fantastic acts featured on BBC Introducing in Norfolk over the last 10 years

As BBC Introducing celebrates 10 years on the radio, we look at some of the great acts featured on B

As BBC Introducing celebrates 10 years on the radio, we look at some of the great acts featured on BBC Introducing in Norfolk. (L-R) Jess Morgan (Photo: Adrian Judd), Franko Fraize (Photo: Lee Blanchflower) and Milly Hirst (Photo: Paul Bayfield) - Credit: Archant

Launched in 2007, BBC Introducing was created to discover and support new musical talent by propelling their work out across the airwaves.

Mammal Hands performing in Montreal with BBC Introducing. Photo: BBC Introducing in Norfolk

Mammal Hands performing in Montreal with BBC Introducing. Photo: BBC Introducing in Norfolk - Credit: BBC Introducing in Norfolk

Unsigned artists are able to register and upload their songs online and a team of presenters and producers select the tracks they like best and broadcast them.

As the platform celebrates its 10th birthday on October 4, BBC Introducing in Norfolk Producer Gary Standley shares his top 10 acts featured on the show.

Mr Standley said: 'It's an impossible task of course as we have had literally hundreds of bands and thousands of tracks to listen to.

'There are obvious huge successes like Ed Sheeran - but I have tried to select a few of the other acts that we have continually been impressed by, who have made their mark on the Norfolk Music scene.'


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Gary Standley's top 10 acts featured on BBC Introducing in Norfolk over the last 10 years:

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• The Kabeedies

Everyone's favourite pop punk funsters. Each show is an event and every song is eagerly anticipated. They burst onto the scene when Introducing was new and we took them to Glastonbury and gave them a BBC Maida Vale session.

• Himuro Mansion

Experimental electro artist always pushing the boundaries. More ambient of late, but started out an angry, noisy act who succeeded in having his first ever release played on Radio 1.

• Jess Morgan

A classic country song writer. Every track a little slice of life examined in music and now several albums and many national tours under her belt, still making great music.

• Mammal Hands

A modern jazz trio whose superb musicianship instantly got the attention of Norwich gig goers. Not surprisingly they are in demand all over Europe and further afield. A new album on the way, we took this act to the Montreal Jazz Festival with Jamie Cullum.

• Ducking Punches

Started as a solo project from Dan Allen. Slowly the band formed and matured, helped by great support from Frank Turner. There's such depth and sensitivity in their words even though it's delivered through a large layer of punk rock. We helped give them their dream of playing at Reading on the BBC Introducing stage.

• Claws

We've followed this band for many a year and through several name changes. Musically they are descendants of The Kabeedies, making perfect pop songs with catchy tunes and singable lyrics. The band kicked off the Introducing stage when the Big Weekend came to Norwich.

• Milly Hirst

Milly has the voice to make grown men cry. Songs of utter beauty that never fail to move and touch. Another act that we took to Glastonbury on the Introducing stage.

• Franko Fraize

He started out recording in a friend's bedroom on the Thetford estate where he was born. Franko has never lost his love for the town – but his music has travelled a long way since then – Big Weekend, a Maida Vale session and countless Radio 1 and Xtra plays all through his link with us.

• Maya Law

So many people in the county seem to display their talent from a very young age. Maya was just 16 when she sent us her first tracks. Since then she has played countless packed out gigs, impressing everyone with her stunning voice and intelligent lyrics. There is a bright future for this one – and a set at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival with us underlined just how versatile an artist she is.

• Real Life Charm

An all too brief encounter with this band who came and went in just a few years. They provided a touch of class to the local music scene and were chosen to play a showcase for Radio 1's Huw Stephens when the Big Weekend came to the City. We know there will be more to come from the remnants of this band, though not in the guise we came to love them most.

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